We are getting into that portion of the season where there is a weird dynamic at play. From a fantasy perspective, the games mean so much with only a week or two left in the season. On the field, this is the time of year where individual players can spike a crazy high score. Players like Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry went off this week, but at least they are weekly plays. Antonio Gibson and Will Fuller rounded out this week’s Top 5 fantasy scorers, so hopefully their fantasy managers had them in the lineup. We even had a kicker in the Top-10 scoring this week, as Younghoe Koo knocked home five three pointers for Atlanta.
To go along with that natural progression of things, Covid also throws a wrench in the mix, messing with schedules and individual teams. The NFL is serious about getting all these games played. If there was any doubt about that then one only needs to look to the New Orleans/Denver game this past week. Forced to go without a quarterback, the offensive output of the entire team went into the depths.
We have a helping of leftovers for your pleasure this week, players who are shining and likely to be out on your waiver wire. We would offer up Latavius Murray as our top selection this week, but he is rostered in most leagues – but not all. If you are in that group where he is still on the wire, then jump on him as the New Orleans offense without Drew Brees is literally running through Murray and not Alvin Kamara. This could be short-lived, but ride it while you can. There are two games yet to be played at press time, so keep an eye out on those as well.
On to the wonders …
RB Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
The return of Akers a few weeks ago thrust the Rams backfield into a three-headed monster with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown also in the mix. He only had nine rushes against San Francisco, but he made the most of them going for 84 yards in total with one ending up as a long touchdown run. He is worth a grab and stash right now as the Rams seem to be taking a ‘hot hand’ approach, and his past week might be enough to give him the inside track to more carries down the road.
RB Ito Smith, Atlanta
With Todd Gurley on the sideline, it was not Brian Hill but instead it was Ito Smith who had more success for Atlanta this past week. Smith rushed 12 times for 65 yards and a score, while getting involved in the passing game by hauling in four passes against Las Vegas. His stats going forward are contingent on Gurley playing, but if nothing else, it looks like Smith has passed Hill on the depth chart as the No. 2 man in Atlanta.
WR Gabriel Davis, Buffalo
With John Brown sent to the injured list, it has created an opportunity in Buffalo for Davis to see some regular playing time over the at least three games Brown will be out. He is clearly the No. 3 on the list, but this week against the Los Angeles Chargers he made some noise with a stat line that included three catches for 79 yards and a score on a trick play. The Buffalo offense revolves around the pass, so getting involved with any of its three wideouts is a good idea for fantasy teams.
RB Frank Gore, New York Jets
We had Gore listed last week and because he is still available in more than half the online leagues, he gets repeat billing. Believe me, we know how old he is, but right now the Jets have absolutely no other options and they are giving Gore the rock to do with it what he can behind that patchwork offensive line. The numbers are not great, but for the second week in a row he ran the ball more than 15 times and this week he notched 71 yards on the ground. He is also involved in the passing game, catching three passes for 12 yards against Miami last week. The Jets play Las Vegas next week, a defense that was gored by Atlanta on the ground. The needle is pointing up and this is a rare opportunity to pick up a running back who has the potential to have a very good fantasy outing this upcoming week.